Lynne Golob Gelfman, originally from New York, graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, (BA, 1966) and the School of the Arts, Columbia University, (MFA, 1968). She taught art at the Dalton School from 1968 until 1972, the year that she and her husband started a flower farm outside Bogotá, and moved to Miami, an import gateway for the flowers. For Gelfman, who had loved Bogotá as an American Field Service student in 1961, the culture and landscape of Colombia as well as the diverse, subtropical world of Miami are important influences, along with her strong ties to New York.
Gelfman has had more than 40 solo shows, exhibited nationally and internationally; dying the grid(2015) William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, trued surface (2014), Dimensions Variable, Miami; scapes (2012), The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University (FIU), Miami; sand (2012), Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami; between (2009), Carol Jazzar Gallery, Miami; cloud/water/sand (2010), Luminaire X, Miami; react (2006), across (2003), Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami; resist/react (2006), Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York; 18 paintings (2003), Suite 106, New York.
Her work is widely collected, and can be found within the permanent collections of Pérez Art Museum Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Norton Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art and Detroit Institute of Arts. Gelfman has taught art at FIU, University of Miami, Miami Dade College, Metropolitan Museum and Art Center and MOCA North Miami.
Gelfman's paintings from the Thru series are derived from the grid which systematize patterns of right isosceles triangles. Gelfman then paints on the verso of the canvases obscuring her hand, as well as the grid, to randomness as the paint bleeds through to the face of the canvas creating beautiful patterns. Gelfman's paintings in the show were all created in the 1970s but set the groundwork for the thru series which she continues to work on to this day.